The Skeleton Key (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Thanks to its creaky and formulaic script, The Skeleton Key is more mumbo-jumbo than hoodoo and more dull than scary.


Movie Info

Caroline, a hospice worker, is hired to tend the very old and dying Ben Devereaux. Devereaux lives in a huge Louisiana mansion, where he's watched over by his wife, Violet. Caroline soon discovers that a pair of century-old spirits haunts the mansion. The spirits are evil and are manipulating the living to fit their desires, and Caroline herself is at the center of one of their sinister schemes.

Rating: PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images, some partial nudity and thematic material)
Genre: Drama , Horror , Romance , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Ehren Kruger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 15, 2005
Box Office: $47.7M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Caroline Ellis

as Violet Devereaux

as Ben Devereaux

as Mama Cynthia

as Bayou Woman

as Desk Nurse

as Nurse Trula

as Nurse Audrey

as Robertson Thorpe

as Madeleine Thorpe

as Martin Thorpe

as Grace Thorpe

as Papa Justify

as Mama Cecile

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as Creole Mother

as Frail Customer

as Pickup Driver

as Luke's Secretary

as Waitress in Bar

as Mr. Talcott

as Paramedic

as Party Guest

as Party Guest

as Rebirth Brass Band

as Rebirth Brass Band

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Critic Reviews for The Skeleton Key

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (41)

A genuinely creepy offering in a world filled with contrived bland dramas posing as thrillers.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The only real mystery ... is what is this great ensemble cast doing in such a poorly executed movie?

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Eye for Film

The voodoo lore is sketchy (it can't hurt unbelievers, except when it can), the plot obviously little but build-up to the big reveal.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

Reinvigorates the supernatural thriller genre with a much needed infusion of new ideas and just plain nasty, digital-free mischief.

Full Review… | March 31, 2007
Long Island Press

A paint-by-numbers supernatural thriller that's more interesting for its locations than for its story.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Pretty much what you would expect from the screenwriter of disappointing films such as Scream 3, Reindeer Games and Arlington Road.

October 11, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for The Skeleton Key

Creepy movie with some nice twists.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

If someone likes occult stuff, this is a right thing, there is a tiny bit of everything.
Skeleton Key is one of the greatest Mystery/Occult Movies I think.

ScoopOnline
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

½

Scary movie. I spent most of the movie trying to figure out who the bad guy was and how was it going to end? It didn't end the way I figured it would.

Pretty bad. I watched this movie again five years later, and it still did not end the way I figured it would (I had forgotten that I had seen the movie already)

Redlats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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